"RUSSIA: I found 50.000,- $$ on the Red Square" Top 5 Page for this destination Europe Warnings Or Dangers Tip by globetrott
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Believe it or not, it really happened to me, while I visited Russia in 2003:
I found 50.000,- $ right in the middle of the Red Square, and it fell out of a bag of someone walking in front of me - it actually was a bundele of a fake 50,-$ notes and a lot of paper behind it wrapped up in cellophane and there was another man beside me, who watched the scene and picked up the money, as soon as he saw, that I did not pick it up myseIf.Instead I told him, to give it back to the "looser", but he simply said to me : ' Lets make 50:50 '
I told him, this is not OK - and I ran after the ' Looser ' and told him, he lost the money, and the other man had it now but the ' looser ' started to shout at me :
WHERE ARE MY 50000,- $ ?
YOU HAVE TAKEN MY 50000,-$ !
Show me YOUR DOLLARS !!!
THIS was the moment , when I realized it was a trick, just to let me show them , where I hide my Dollars - they would have searched my money and would have taken it away, without me even realizing it
I simply replied : I HAVE NO DOLLARS AT ALL
Then I turned around and went away - and when I looked back after 5 seconds - they both were gone
I guess, I confused them somehow :
Plenty of people would take the money or at least accept the 50 : 50 deal - and will be finally robbed of their own money, as soon as they search through their portemonaie
obviously no-one would run after the ' looser ' to tell him, he lost the money
and most people would show their own Dollars, just to proove to be unguilty and I guess, they still have to improove their trick, as it sounded so ridiculously, hearing them speak english with russian accent with each other - and beeing dressed almost the same way made me finally sure, that they belonged together
In some cases the police will be on the scammers side,
in any way the police will not understand anything than russian
and they will start examining YOUR papers first and listen to the version of the story, told by the scammers, who will be able to talk in Russian...
it is a lot better to walk or run away or simply neglect them.
start talking kisuaheli and pretend NOT to understand english or what they are talking about !!
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